According to Douglas Hofstader's book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, u-mode is one of the three modes of human action ( the other two being i-mode and m-mode ).

u-mode stands for Un-mode which is the Zen-like mode of operation.

"One day Unmon said to his disciples, "This staff of mine has transformed itself into a dragon and has swallowed up the universe! Oh, where are the rivers and mountains and great earth?"
-- Gymon M. Kubose, Zen Koans, p 35.

see also: i-mode, m-mode

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